Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

From Seed to Spirit

OPEN FRI/SAT 1:30-8:30, SUN 1:30-5:30

Tours at the top of each hour until 90min. before closing.

Or ask for us in your favorite store, restaurant or bar!



3:00 pm15:00

Whiskey Acres Tasting at the Yorkville River Fest

Whiskey Acres Distilling Company will be hosting a whiskey tasting during the Yorkville River Fest! Four, 30 minute sessions will be offered at 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, and 5:15pm.

For $10/person, participants will enjoy three 1⁄4 oz tastes of Whiskey Acres bourbon, rye and vodka as well as one craft cocktail while learning about the history of whiskey production and about Whiskey’s Acres' estate distillery.

Sessions are limited to 30 people, so pre-registration is encouraged and can be completed online at www.yorkvilleparksandrecreation.com. Registration will be taken the day of the
event as space allows.

8:15 pm20:15

Beer and Whiskey Dinner at Stockholm's in Geneva, IL

More details will be forthcoming.  But in the mean time - we KNOW there's going to be some awesome Whiskey Acres cocktails, some beers aged in Whiskey Acres bourbon and rye casks, and we hear the food menu is going to be centered around bacon...

We'll share the sign up link as soon as we have it.

8:15 pm20:15

Beer and Whiskey Dinner at Stockholm's in Geneva, IL

More details will be forthcoming.  But in the mean time - we KNOW there's going to be some awesome Whiskey Acres cocktails, some beers aged in Whiskey Acres bourbon and rye casks, and we hear the food menu is going to be centered around bacon...

We'll share the sign up link as soon as we have it.

5:00 pm17:00

Grown Up Play Date at Morton Arboretum Featuring a Whiskey Acres Tasting

Get in touch with your inner child at Grown-Up Play Date in the Children’s Garden on  August 18, 2017. For kids ages 21 and older ONLY!

How to have the most summer fun: First you must sip some Whiskey Acres Bourbon, then..

  • Kick off your shoes and splash in Wonder Pond
  • Climb and slide on the roots playground
  • Pick up sidewalk chalk and create a masterpiece
  • Play a game of giant jenga, connect 4, kerplunk, and other nostalgic games
  • Sit down and learn to fold an origami tree or critter
  • Challenge a friend to a game of hopscotch or tic-tac-toe
  • Meet the Children's Garden friendly turtle, Trixie
  • Sing along and dance to the music of a live band, Dick Diamond and the Dusters


Join us for a night of childhood fun in the Children's Garden as you explore, climb, and slide through all the wonders of our four-acre garden. All kids must be 21+ to attend.

6:00 pm18:00

Morton Arboretum Farm to Table Dinner Featuring Whiskey Acres

Come experience elegant outdoor dining surrounded in natural beauty. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared and served under the White Pine Pavilion. Join us for a night of delicious, farm-fresh food and enjoy live music on an enchanted summer evening. 

All paired with Whiskey Acres cocktails! 

August 24, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
White Pine Pavilion on the Concert Lawn near the Visitor Center


6:00 pm18:00

Morton Arboretum Farm to Table Dinner

Come experience elegant outdoor dining surrounded in natural beauty. This one-of-a-kind meal features fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared and served under the White Pine Pavilion. Join us for a night of delicious, farm-fresh food and enjoy live music on an enchanted summer evening. 

All paired with Whiskey Acres cocktails! 

August 25, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner served at 6:30 p.m.
White Pine Pavilion on the Concert Lawn near the Visitor Center

3:00 pm15:00

Back Country Roads Live Acoustic Set

Join us for a free acoustic set featuring Kyle and Courtney of Back Country Roads. They'll be playing from 3-5 PM.  come thirsty, bring a lawn chair AND an appetite because:

Lukalos will also be onsite from 1:30 - 7 (or until they sell out) with their food truck serving a custom, gourmet menu made exclusively for Whiskey Acres.  

Food will be available from 1:30 - 7 (or when they sell out).


4:30 pm16:30

2017 Blue & Roots on Water Street Festival - Featuring Whiskey Acres

The 2017 Blues & Roots on Water Street festival is set for Saturday, June 10. The event will take place at the Kiss The Sky and Water Street Studios complex. Two stages … six artists … food and beverage … all taking place inside and within the friendly confines of the Kiss and Water Street Studios (and the BEI Dock).

The doors to the festival will open at 4:30pm with the first performance being scheduled to kick things off on the Roots Stage at 5pm.

Whiskey Acres will be hosting a tasting from 5-7 PM, led by co-founder Nick Nagele.  You'll also be able to purchase cocktails all evening featuring Whiskey Acres Bourbon, Whiskey Acres Rye and Whiskey Acres Vodka.

The first 300 tickets purchased in advance are $25. After that, the price will increase to $30. So, it’s a good idea to get them early and cheap. Last year, the festival sold out and people were turned away at the door the day of.

Tickets and performance schedule can be found here.

6:00 pm18:00

Great American Whiskey Tasting at Evergreen Park Binny's

Join one of co-founders, Nick Nagele, for a whiskey tasting at the Evergreen Park Binny's. We'll be on hand along with several other American whiskey distilleries showcasing our proudly American made spirits. Don't forget to bring dad so he can pick out his own Father's Day gift!

Free with Binny's Card.

3447 W 95th St
Evergreen Park, IL 60805


1:00 pm13:00

Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Fest in Champaign

Bourbon, Beer and Bacon Festival Champaign
Ticket Link:

Bourbon, Beer & Bacon is taking place April 22nd, from 2pm until 8pm at Leadbelly's Links, Drinks and Arcade, Champaign, Il. Admission to the event will be $5.00. The first 300 to enter and say they like bourbon will receive a limited edition shot glass, the first 300 to enter and say they like beer will receive a limited edition beer sampler glass. You can also purchase advance tickets online and guarantee yourself one of those 300 limited edition glasses if you don’t want to risk taking the chance in line.

With your $5.00 entry fee you will have a chance to sample a handful of free products, however all other samples will be priced with tickets. ALL drink tickets will be sold at .75 cents each. Spirits will be sampled in 1/4 oz. tastings and beers will be sampled out in 3oz. tastings. Most samples will be priced between 1 and 3 tickets… HOWEVER, the rare finds, small batches and limited production items will likely take more tickets to sample. The event will feature over 100 bourbons, scotch’s, whiskeys, ryes and other spirits many of which we have been collecting for over a year and are in very limited supply. There will also be roughly 20 different local, regional and national craft breweries represented for you beer lovers that attend.


The event will also include two bacon eating contests, bacon inspired drinks, foods, snacks and other items (please note that all food and vendor items must be purchased with cash your tickets are for drinks only). 

Join us at the stage for one of the many seminars, panels or demonstrations hosted by our sponsors… Jim Beam, Woodford, American Born Moonshine, Copper and Kings, Bird Dog Whisky, Whiskey Acres, Koval, Blaum and many more! 

As the event gets closer we will publish a complete listing of products, seminars and other events within the event. thanks again, see you soon!!

Ticket Link:

12:01 am00:01


We will be closed on Easter Sunday to allow our staff and us to celebrate this holiday with family.  We hope you're able to do the same.

6:30 pm18:30

Lincolnshire Country Club Whiskey Dinner

Join us for an amazing dinner pairing. Enjoy our line of farmcrafted whiskeys with delicious cuisine of Chef Mark. Our co-founder Nick Nagele will be on hand to share his passion and insight on each of the offerings.

Email Kjackson@heritagewinecellars.com for reservations.

$40 per person plus Tax and Gratuity. 

~ Hors d oeuvres ~ Cheese Tray Featuring Local Cheeses Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Meatballs with Chipotle Peach Barbecue Sauce

~ Appetizer ~ Seared Scallop, Lobster Ravioli, Wasabi Honey Aioli  Whiskey Acres Vodka Martini

~ Soup ~ Wild Mushroom & Caramelized Onions in a Rich Red Wine Demi Broth topped with Melted Aged Gouda Cheese   Midwest Mule

~ Entrée ~ Roasted Short Rib of Beef with Bourbon Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Crispy Pancetta Seared Brussel Sprouts, Chocolate Demi, Tomato Dust  Rye Manhattan

~ Dessert ~ Campfire Callebaut Chocolate Smores House Made Graham Crackers, Chocolate Truffle Marshmallow, Cinnamon Campfire   Bourbon Milk Punch


5:00 pm17:00

Standard Market Westmont Bite Club featuring Bourbon and Bacon

Join us at the Westmont Standard Market on Friday, March 24th for the BOURBON and BACON themed Bite Club event.  Each department in the Market will create a dish utilizing bacon, and will pair with a whiskey partner.  You'll have to come to the event to find out what department Whiskey Acres will be matched up with.

It's only $10 to stroll through the Market and eat/drink. Hopefully you'll find a new favorite bottle of Whiskey Acres to take home. 

333 East Ogden Avenue  Westmont, Illinois 60559 630 366 7030

6:00 pm18:00

Pour Your Heart Out Fundraiser

Please join Whiskey Acres as we pour tastings at the The Anti-Cruelty Society's a 4th Annual Pour Your Heart Out fundraiser, benefitting the 50,000 homeless animals the Society cares for each year. The event will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd from 6-8 p.m.

This premier event includes: delicious hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a wine pull, and tasting stations featuring a variety of beer, wine, and Whiskey Acres spirits.

Reservations are $65 until Wednesday, February 22nd, and $70 the day of the event. Business casual attire (jeans prohibited). For more information, please contact Special Events Manager, Christine at cnatarelli@anticruelty.org or (312) 645-8006.

Purchase your advance ticket today by clicking here.

7:00 pm19:00

Living Well Cancer Resource Center 12th Annual Winter Gala

Experience the delicious indulgences of an evening in Morocco, with exotic food, music dancing, live auctions, entertainment and a cocktail bar featuring Whiskey Acres spirits.

The home of Ed and Karen French will be transformed into a secret Marrakech hideaway for one unforgettable evening.

Black tie optional. Tickets $250/person.

Contact Lori Hansen for tickets, 630-315-6805 or lhansen@livingwellcrc.org

Space is limited, so don't wait!


1:00 pm13:00

River North Whiskey Fest at Old Crow SmokeHouse

Taste a variety of whiskeys, bourbons & scotches, including Whiskey Acres Rye and whiskey Acres Bourbon. There will be over 50 other varieties to choose from!

TICKETS INCLUDE: admission and full access to try all of the whiskey, plus a souvenir glass!

Click here to buy tickets. 

6:00 pm18:00

Seasonal Tasting at Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Come to drink in the best of the season. Join us for tastings of local spirits, wine, and winter brews, while you enjoy the surrounding Wonderland Express exhibition with trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks. Guests check in at Burnstein Hall and receive a wristband, tasting glass, and tasting sheet. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase.

Advance: member/nonmember: $25/$30
Day-of: member/nonmember: $28/$33

Must be 21 or older to attend event; valid ID card must be shown.
Standard parking fees apply.
Ticket price includes tasting glass, wristband to participate in tastings, tasting guide, and access to Wonderland Express.


Nov 27

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

We are celebrating Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and the close of our fantastic season all weekend long by giving you an extra 10% off of bottles and gifts, and 20% OFF 6 BOTTLE CASES (mix & match). 

Fri/Sat: 1:30 - 8:30, Sun 1:30 - 5:30.  

Tours begin every hour on the hour.  Last tour departs 90 mins before close.

We will close for the season on 11/27 and reopen in the Spring of 2017.

6:30 pm18:30

Whiskey Acres/Sycamore HyVee Whiskey Dinner


This fantastic dinner is held at the Community Room at Sycamore HyVee. Menu includes:

"Horse's Neck" Whiskey Acres Bourbon, Ginger Ale, Homemade Citrus Bitters, Lemon

1st course: Charcuterie platter; an assortment of cured & smoked meats, gourmet cheeses and an array of relishes, mustards and spreads served with baguette crostini.

Whiskey Acres Rye, Neat

2nd course: Avocado stacks; fresh avocado timbales filled with crab meat and topped with a tomato concasse served with parmesan tuiles.

Whiskey Acres Vodka, Chilled or Rocks

3rd course: Chicken Española: tender chunks of chicken in a rich tomato, roasted pepper sauce served over herbed couscous.

"Midwest Margarita" Whiskey Acres Unaged Corn Whiskey, Cointreau, Lime Juice, Sugar.

4th course: Cider marinated duck breast: succulent duck breasts marinated in apple cider then grilled, served with duchess sweet potatoes and sautéed fresh green beans and peppers.

"Barn Door" Whiskey Acres Rye, Ginger Ale, Grenadine, Orange Bitters.

5th course: Mint chocolate mousse tartlet: creamy mint chocolate mousse in flaky shell served on a raspberry coulis.

Whiskey Acres Bourbon, Water or Rocks.

Limited seating, reservations in advance please, $50 per person

Call HyVee @ 815-756-6174  for reservations.

2700 Dekalb Ave, Sycamore, IL 60178


5:30 pm17:30

Evergreen Park Binny's 3rd Anniversary Tasting

Help us celebrate the Evergreen Park Binny's 3rd Anniversary party.  Whiskey Acres will be onsite pouring samples of all our spirits. You can also enjoy samples of other select beers and wines. Food will also be served.  

Binny's is asking customers to make a $10 donation onsite to Christmas Without Cancer charity.

3447 95th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

5:00 pm17:00

Sullivan's Steakhouse - Chicago, Whiskey Dinner

Enjoy a delectable 4-Course Dinner, each paired with our unique whiskey paired with fantastic food from Sullivans Steakhouse.
$65 per person.

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Peach Whiskey Glaze
Whiskey Acres Corn Whiskey ● Fresh Mint

Blood Orange ● Cranberries ● Walnuts
Citrus Herb Vinaigrette
Whiskey Acres Vodka ● Sullivan’s Signature “Knockout”
Lime Sour ● Ginger Beer

Sun-Dried Tomato & Gorgonzola Polenta
Rosemary Port Reduction
Whiskey Acres Bourbon ● Carpano Antica Formula ● Fresh Orange

Almond Paste ● Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Apple Whiskey Caramel Sauce
Whiskey Acres Apple Whiskey ● Fresh Orange ● Angostura Bitters

Reservations available 5pm - 9pm. 
For further details or to make your reservation...
- Call: 312.527.3510
- Email: sullivans.chicago@dfrg.com
- Online Reservations (Be sure to note that you are joining us for the Whiskey Acres Dinner): https://m.sullivanssteakhouse.com/chicago/

1:30 pm13:30

Batch #1 Release Party

We've been waiting patiently to share our bourbon since 2011, when we first thought of starting a distillery. Now the moment has finally arrived!

Our award winning bourbon will be exclusively available at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co tasting room on June 4 (other locations such as Binny's, Whole Foods, HyVee and many others will follow later in the month.)

We'll have Fun!

Doors open at 1:30. Tours will begin every hour on the hour, with the last tour starting at 7 pm. All of our owners will be on hand to give tours and sign bottles. Life size Jenga, corn hole and Tiki Toss to play while you sip some whiskey. 

We'll have Food!

-Slow Smoke BBQ will set up its trailer between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. They will have various types of BBQ available for purchase and will be featuring a super special Whiskey Acres Bourbon BBQ sauce for you to enjoy.

We'll have Music!

-Destination Unknown Duo will play live music from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. They feature hot new country, old country favorites, while throwing in a little pop. The duo won a battle of the bands contest at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet, beating out 15 other full bands. The duo also played at Country Thunder 2012 in Twin Lakes Wisconsin.

-We close at 8:30 pm. We will probably need some rest.


Jun 4



Hurry quick! Want to join us and 49 new friends for a fun evening? On Friday night, June 3rd we are having a campout at the distillery in anticipation of our June 4th bourbon release. Live music, free dinner and coffee and donuts the next morning, and the bar will be open late! Each registrant will receive a lottery ticket entitling them to a random selection of limited -edition bottle #1-50 of Batch #1. Each bottle is signed, consecutively numbered and is a great collector's item! You will also be entitled to purchase up to 2 additional bottles. More details and sign-up here! But hurry, space is limited and is filling up fast! Sign up here. 

2:00 pm14:00

Bourbon, Beer & Bacon Festival @ the Fluid Event Center

The Bourbon, Beer & Bacon festival is taking place April 25th at the Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL. The event will feature over 75 whiskeys (INCLUDING WHISKEY ACRES) and 40 breweries.

The event will also include bacon eating contests and live music from 8-10pm featuring Upshot (promoting their new CD “Bring Bourbon”!).

Stay tuned for details on a seminar hosted by Whiskey Acres, as well as other distillers, brewers and establishments.


Mar 27


Please note that we will be closed all of Easter weekend to celebrate with our families. We hope you will do the same!

Mar 20

(Re) Opening Weekend!

Winter is over!! Come out and see us in the tasting room! We will re-open on Friday, March 18th. Our new seasonal hours are Fri. & Sat. 1:30-8:30 and Sunday 1:30-5:30. Tours are at the top of each hour with the last tour 90 minutes before closing. We hope to see you soon!

6:00 pm18:00

Bourbon Women Night - Hosted by Binny's

Bourbon Women Night is an opportunity to taste bourbon and network with the women of the spirits industry. You'll be able to sample from a selection of 50+ spirits and discover new favorites from all over the country.

Our director of marketing and communications, Amanda Nagele, and our tasting room manager, Brandie Burgess, will be on hand to pour samples of our farm fresh whiskeys.

Tickets are only $20, with half of the proceeds going to Bourbon Women of Louisville.

The event will be held at
Binny's Lincoln Park in Chicago

Binny's Lincoln Park
1720 N. Marcey St. 
Chicago, IL 60614

Tel: (312) 664-4394



5:00 pm17:00

Tasting: Binny's World of Whiskey

  • Binny's Beverage Depot

Come join us at the Marcey Street Binny's for a tasting of whiskeys from around the world. We'll be featuring our whiskeys that are grown and made right here in Illinois.  You might just find that you don't have to go far for great whiskey!

See you there!

5:30 pm17:30


Whiskey Acres and the Illinois Craft Distillers Association invite you to take part in a celebration of spirits from the Land of Lincoln...and beyond!  Meet the distillers and taste the spirits from distilleries of the Heartland.

In addition to sampling some of the finest spirits in the Midwest, here are some added amusements ~ 
~ Live Jazz Music
~ A plethora of food trucks with tasty edibles for sale
~ A cash bar with an exclusive ICDA backbar
~ Complimentary cocktail samples created by some of the best bartenders in Chicago

Purchase your tickets online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distillinois-a-craft-spirits-showcase-tickets-18564819876?aff=es2

4:00 pm16:00


We will be pouring samples, signing bottles and answering questions from 4-7pm on the 18th. Come say hello to the guys that grow the crops and help make your hootch!